The most outspoken Nigerian Governor, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has returned the fire sent to him by the All Progressive Congress, APC, saying that they are the real threat to the security of Nigeria.
The Ekiti State Governor said this in reaction to the statement issued in Ekiti on Monday by Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, accusing him of being a major threat to national security as a result of his recent statements.
Peter Ayodele Fayose who spoke on Monday through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and News Media, Lere Olayinka, revealed that no other group is qualified to be described as a threat to the security of Nigeria other than the APC which introduced standards that are lower than desirable in government institutions like the DSS such that the party’s functionaries were now the ones giving orders to the security agency on who to arrest and detain indefinitely in Ekiti State. Mr. Fayose said:
“The major threat to national security is a party that lost election since June 21, 2014 and still trying to get back to power, using cruel means including turning itself to the mouthpiece of the Department of State Services (DSS),”
“it is only in Nigeria that a party that ran Ekiti State aground in four years and was rejected in six straight elections by the people can still be talking.”
“The question that Nigerians must ask the APC Spokesperson in Ekiti State, Taiwo Olatunbosun, is whether he now doubles as the DSS spokesperson.
“In the last three weeks, everything the APC speculated that the DSS was going to do was exactly what the security agency did and that has reinforced the belief that the DSS was working in collaboration with the APC in Ekiti State to destabilise the Fayose-led government.
“It is also a fact that the chairman of APC in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe, who is standing trial for murder, was hosted to a dinner in the Presidential Villa while TKO Aluko, on whose bench warrant was issued for alleged perjury is going about with armed security men.”
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Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose further noted that a party like the APC whose government choose to keep quiet when the lives of more than 400 people in Agatu community were wasted by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State and women were raped, farmlands destroyed by the herdsmen in other parts of the country, cannot be described as anything short of a threat to national security.
“Or what should Nigeria call a party that caused the murder of over 20 Nigerians, including Youth Corp member in Bayelsa and Rivers States just because of desperation to win elections?
“When you try to truncate democratically elected government, deny Nigerians rights to fair hearing by detaining them indefinitely and disobey court orders, while also failing to conduct free and fair elections, what is such a government inviting other than breakdown of law and order? And what should such a party in power be called other than security threat to Nigeria?” The Governor queried.
Mr. Lere Olayinka advised the leaders of the APC in Ekiti State, particularly the ex-governor, Kayode Fayemi, to quit falling prey to political fraudsters whom according to him were collecting millions of Naira from them in order to help them fight Governor Fayose, adding that:
“The APC leaders should ask themselves what result they have achieved since they started investing their money in this ‘Fayose must go’ agenda immediately after they were defeated in the entire 16 Local Councils in the State.
“Instead of lavishing millions of Naira on TKO Aluko and others, they should rather use such money to empower the remnants of their party members in Ekiti State who are in dire need of financial help.”